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today. >>> a group of newtown residents has formed themselves into a group called newtown united. there is not necessarily people who have been politically active in the past or who have had any experience trying to change policies or get certain law enacted. but some members of newtown united headed to washington today. they took the day off from their jobs. they woke up at dawn. they drove to washington to go meet with members of the brady campaign to prevent gun violence. newtown united, a group of people at the epicenter of national tragedy. one of the parents who traveled to washington today was lucky enough to have his child, who attends sandy hook elementary come home from that school on friday. but he said today that he is taking action now in the wake of the shootings because he does not think the next time it should just depend on luck. >> every time something like columbine, virginia tech were happening, i would avert my eyes, and i will still think that something will be done. but all those believes were shattered on friday. and now i think we all need to speak up. >>
, my husband and i are apart of called newtown united. i very much tonight would like to ask the nation to join us. we are not, like we said, we are not looking to ban guns, we are looking for a civil discussion on gun control, mental health, school safety and school facilities so that we as a nation can work together to come up with a solution. what andre said is how we feel. all the people around the country, all of my other friends across the country to join us. we have a facebook page they should jump on that and we can create a critical mass some show washington to work together. >> you were saying today, you have been going to wakes and funerals all day long. >> my husband coined a term which is awful, an assembly line of wakes and funerals. we can't figure out which one to go to we have to divide and conquer. the sandy hook teachers are struggling trying to get to as many as possible. and that is true for many of the parents we are struggling with that. >> you are often waiting two hours to get into pay your respects. two to five hours it is freezing cold and yesterday that is ra
to make sure there's some sort of infrastructure for when -- in particular, i'm involved with newtown united, a group trying to put together essentially an advocacy infrastructure for when they want to talk. they want to move the conversation. the national conversation to where i think a majority of people in america want it to go, on all matters related to gun violence. it's going to be there for them. and there's so many things like that that are happening, whether it's a memorial for the children and the educators, all that's going to happen. this community is going to rally around and support these people in any direction that they want us to go. >> and outside the community too. lots of support. robert cox writes for reuters "breaking views," and he's also a newtowner. >>> "outfront," next, student who survived a mass shooting in minnesota seven years ago drive to newtown, connecticut, to be with the sandy hook survivors. we'll tell you what they presented to the staff and students to help them cope. we remember the victims of sandy hook that lost their lives a week ago. i'm glad
's go to jason carroll at the newtown united methodist church. that church has provided a spir out tether of sorts for a community awash in grief. what role does this church play today? >> reporter: well very important role this morning and this is where the church is going to be ringing the bell 2 times. everyone in the community is going to be listening as that happens. it's an ancient ritual that's taken place over decades. it used to be traditionally a call to worship but today as you know it's a call to remember. three pastors will take turns ringing the bell 28 times. i spoke to one of the pastors, past oor jane sibley. this is very personal for her. it's especially personal to pastor sibley, her family is directly connected to the school and she had an important message she wanted to get out to the survivors living here in newton. >> my grandsons give me the joy of being able to laugh for a moment and i'm refusing to allow that -- >> reporter: chase kowalski, one of the little boys who died in the shooting, went to this church here and his mother apparently, carol, has been
coverage of the newtown, connecticut shooting continues right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. we want to well koom viewers from the united states and those joining us from around the world this morning. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting here in newtown. we're live in newtown, connecticut. >> here in newtown the president will be coming later today. he's expected to meet with some of the victims of the families and he will speak at a vigil tonight remembering the victims. president obama spoke about the hea heartbreak hours after the shooting on friday and again during his weekly address yesterday. now, of course, we have the names of all the victims in this shooting. there were 20 children, all of them were just 6 or 7 years old. there's been a fund set up to help the families of the victims. here's the address if you'd like to send a donation, the sandy hook school support fund, 39 main street in newtown, the zip code is 06470. >> meanwhile, investigators here in newtown are trying to piece it altogether. they
americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>> woor live in newtown, connecticut tonight in a story that overwhelmed many people as it began to unfold today. it began as a story we have often covered before. shots may have rung out at a school, but as the details rolled in, and as the magnitude of this horror unfolded, it was astounding the sheer numbers that were involved. here's how the day played out. >> we are following this report that there's been a shooting at an element industry school, an elementary school named sandy hook. >> the intercom came on and she heard a scream and gunshot, two gunshots. >> off-duty troopers responded to the school and with newtown police immediately upon arrival entered the school and began a complete active shooter search of the building. >> they had to hide in the closet and they were quiet. the children were obviously very shaken. they were crying in the closet. >> i saw some of the bullets going past the hall and then a teacher pulled me in to her classroom. >> the police came in and it's like is he in here and he ran out. and then
were murdered here in newtown, connecticut, on friday morning. >> i now ask that the united states senate observe a moment of silence for the victims of the sandy hook elementary school tragedy. >> but united states senators are not being silent now about gun control. they are already taking up the challenge. president obama issued when he spoke to the grieving newtown community here last night. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end, and to end them we must change. we will be told that the causes of such violence are complex and that is true. no single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can't be an excuse for inaction. surely we can do better than this. in the coming weeks i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this because what choice do we have? we can't accept events like this as routine. are we really prepared t
a little sense of this newtown that maybe our viewers around the united states and the world are not familiar with this part of connecticut and this town. >> it is very remote. earlier today when this was breaking, i described it as off the grid. very remote and rural. gently rolling hilling and thick wooded areas and large properties that are few and far between the pous hows and spread out. definitely the kind of place you would say you could never imagine it happening here. a lot of people say that, but this is not the kind of place you would think something would happen like this. not only that, it's remote in the sense that yes, some people who live here do commute to new york city for work, but it's a long commute. i commute an hour every day to where i live and this is a solid hour and a half. it's a longer commute, but the people who live here live here for the safety and the security and the terrific school system. this is what you hear over and over. we came here because it's the place to be save and secure and ensure our children are going to have a great upbringin
school shooting in newtown, connecticut, so many people across the country, around the world really, have been asking how can i help? the united way of western connecticut has set up a fund to provide support services for those affected by the tragedy. they have now raised $3 million. that is incredible. joining me now are two leaders of this fund-raising effort. will rogers, a selectman of newtown and kim morgan, ceo of united way of western connecticut. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> $3 million, an incredible milestone. and you will raise so much more in the coming weeks and months. i know there has been a debate about how to distribute these funds. kim what is the latest thinking on that? >> when we started the fund, it was a way to be a guardian. our intent is to turn the funds over to the community and let them decide. >> the families as well, right? >> they are a cross section of the community input, yes. but the fund was soliset solici as an undes ignated fund. we are trying to be as broad as possible. >> what are some of the suggestions floating
from newtown, connecticut, is what seems like the inevitability now that the next united states secretary of state is going to be massachusetts democratic senator john kerry. nbc news has been able to confirm that senator kerry will be nominated for that job by president obama likely sometime this week. senator kerry is not expected to face significant opposition in the senate. if he does become secretary of state, that, of course, would mean a special election in massachusetts for his senate seat. that has to happen 145 to 160 days after the seat becomes vacant. one of the mamz rising to the top of the list is a potential john kerry replacement in the senate is vicky kenny. vicky kennedy, the widow of the late senator ted kennedy. asked by local news outlets whether she might be up for this job, a spokeswoman for vicky kennedy said, "we have no comment on this at this time." in other words, stay tuned. finally, another state that has just dealt with what massachusetts is contemplating right now, the prospect of replacing a long-time senator, is the state of south carolina. toda
-day period, they sold 283,000 guns in the united states. >> reporter: and on thursday, the day before newtown, the michigan state legislature passed a bill that will allow concealed weapons in, among other places, schools. the governor is still deciding whether to sign it. are we headed toward an environment in this country where we have for the rest kindergarten? >> we don't need to train kindergarteners to throw pencils and back packs at armed intruders and to have a swat team in and a metal detector at every door. >> reporter: kenneth trump is president of national school safety and security services in cleveland. >> parents want to know two things. number one, what steps did you have in place to prevent an incident, and how well prepared were you to respond when a crisis occurs. many incidents can and have been prevented in school violence. and we've gotten a lot better since columbine. unfortunately there will still be those that slip through the cracks. >> the front glass has been broken and they're unsure why. >> reporter: adam lanza, it turns out, broke into sandy hook elementary scho
in the united states. our correspondent who was in japan for cnn for years and years now living in the united states covering newtown, listen to what she had to say about the comparison between those two places. >> i moved back to the u.s. this summer for the last five years, i was living in japan as cnn's tokyo correspondent. in that entire time, i never covered a shooting. there aren't any. this is my third mass shooting i've covered in just six months. i don't have the answer but i can compare japan and the u.s. in japan, there are almost no guns. the average person just can't get one. and i have to tell you, it's the safest place i've ever lived. >> and yet, we can talk about a place that you covered as a journalist, the an toyate killings in norway, 2011, summer camp. 77 people killed most youngsters and norway is a country where it is tough to get a gun. so you can't stop this completely. but people will say if you reduce the number of guns, you'll have fewer of them. here's the thing. this is a country where i can say whatever i want. i can worship any way i want and according to the w
, diane sawyer. >> good evening, welcome to a special edition of "world news" in newtown, connecticut, the site of a mass shooting and gunfire aimed at elementary school children. we're in front of the united methodist church where people are gathering all even long as details are still pouring in. 27 victims, 20 children, seven adults and we heard all day about the incredible response by teachers inside the school which is considered one of the leading schools in the nation. and also tonight, we have a new image of the suspected shooter, as we tell you everything we know about who did it, what kind of weapons and why. and we begin all of this with between between anchor chris cuomo and he's here with me. >> almost unimaginable scene. what we know so far is inside this elementary school, young kid process tektd by their teachers and there was one deranged man who decided to take it all away. >> this morning, the school was filled with kids concerned about christmas. then shots rang out. >> the individual i have on the phone is continuing to hear what what he believes is gun fire. >> r
. but whatever you think of it as policy it is not for gun owners. >> joy, i was in newtown, connecticut, and today flew across the country. here i was in los angeles, as far away as i could be from connecticut in the continental united states. and i'm greeted today by the los angeles times lead headline saying the police chief of los angeles saying this is a new reality. those are his words, and that is why he is going to re-deploy los angeles police to cover every elementary school and middle school in the los angeles school district every day. there will be a uniformed police presence at every school at some point in every day of the school year. this is an extraordinary nationwide reaction to what happened in connecticut. and i have to say, i am convinced that this is not like any reaction we've seen before to one of these mass murders. >> yeah, absolutely, and what a shame, right, to have to live in a country where you have to have armed police officers protecting your children. i mean the one place that your children are supposed to be safe outside of your home is school. they're i
loved ones they are not alone. promising to use all of his powers as president of the united states to try to stop these kinds of tragedies and today newtown will begin to bury its dead. they will start with two 6-year-old boys. and jack pinto, a big new york giants football fan. and noah posner, littlest of all of the victims. >> we are beginning learn more about the victims, like anna marqu marquez greene, who loved to write love letters to her parents. how the shooter made his way into the school and why he may have been targeting sandy hook to begin with and an exclusive, heart wrenching moving interview with the family of principal dawn hochsprung. what her daughters would like you to know about their mother the final moments she was alive. >> lots of tears and lots of pain in newtown today. sandra endo, outside a church in a community that is absolutely grief stricken. today the process of saying good-bye begins. >> today, the first of many funerals to come in the days ahead. last night, president obama came here to speak to residents to offer comfort, but also he vowed to do
no emotion whatsoever. i -- i don't know how to feel. >> reporter: at schools across the united states, those feelings of sorrow turned into anxie anxiety. 20 miles from newtown, a suspicious person at a train station triggered a lockdown of all schools. for some teachers including chris mcallister in arlington, texas, the lockdowns were self-imposed. >> that door closes, i know it's locked. i don't even have to second guess. i put a little piece of paper on my window that normally i would keep it to the side. >> reporter: sandy hook elementary school remains closed. crews are renovating an old school nearby. it will be ready whenever the students are. >> as a mom, i know i could never send my kids back to that school. >> reporter: julie pokrinchak's daughter olivia was one of the 6-year-old victims. she was looking forward to watching olivia, who loved musical theater, play an angel in a church play saturday. instead, olivia's funeral will be held at the same church, and then she'll be buried on friday. >> i'm hoping that other towns are going to open up their schools and let the kids go the
iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in newtown had on friday, if cooperation and common sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow. thank you. and now i'm going to let vice president go and i'm going to take a few questions. and i will start with ben philip. >> thank you, mr. president. i'd like to ask you about the other serious issue considering this town right now, the fiscal cliff. how did you betray some of the voters who supported you in the election by changing your positions on who should get a tax increase and then by including social security benefits now under this mix. and more broadly, there seems to be a deepening sense that negotiations aren't going very well right now. can you give us a candid update, are we likely to go over the cliff? >> well, first of all, there's no reason why we should. remember what i said during the campaign, i thought it was important for us to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way. i sai
in newtown, connecticut. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett. this just in. listen. >> 6-7 muc. sandy hook school. caller thinks someone is shooting in the building. front glass is broken, unsure why. all units, the individual that i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding sandy hook school at this time, the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> that broken glass is the result of the gunman reportedly shooting his way into the school. the unthinkable tragedy has left this very small new england town shattered tonight. 28 people dead. that's including the shooter himself. most of those killed were students at the school. very, very young students. there were 20 children killed. between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. there were also 6 adults shot dead after a heavily armed gunman dressed in black fatigues and a military vest opened fire in the school. >> we just told a little boy about his sister now and just to see him, he said who am i going to play with? i have nobody to play with now. excuse me. >> the gunma
with the president's visit as a result of this? >> the president of the united states is attending memorial service tonight, and he is coming to -- to the town of newtown. >> what is the security and access going to be like for that, for the public and also for the media? >> yeah. again, we don't discuss the security for the president of the united states. suffice it to say that significant security will be in place as is always the case when the president makes the visit anymore. >> lieutenant, has a time frame for miss lanza's death been established? >> no, sir, no, sir. >> no time at all? >> no time frame has been determined. >> who is invited to the memorial? >> are you making progress in determining the motor sniff. >> certainly we're pleased with the work that's been done so far. i'm hoping that that helps answer that question. we're pleased with the progress that we're making. this is a very long, tedious process which i've stated. it's going to take many, many man hours, okay, to attempt to draw this picture together, to put this puzzle together. the minute we have it, our objective here is
in newtown, connecticut. you see the pain there. you see the grief. mothers and fathers mourning their children this morning. 20 children dead. the worst shooting ever at a grade school here in the united states. the gunman, adam lanza, was 20 years old. he shot his mother before coming to the school to shoot so many children, adults, as well. as i said, the deadliest grade school shooting ever in our history. and, elizabeth, so many people here having such a hard time coming to grips with this pain. >> it's unimaginable, george. i think every parent when they heard this story break, just was in shock. i felt, i know, physically sick to my stomach. a lot of other people felt the same way. and coming up in this half hour, we're going to weigh in with experts on how to talk to our kids about this tragedy, about the shootings. they will, of course, hear about that. it varies with the age. it varies with the child. but the experts have great advice. it's all important that we make our kids feel safe, even as they learn about this horrific massacre, in newtown, where you're standing,
in newtown right now, but i think the folks understand that we have a job to do and they want the world to see what's going on. it's not just here in connecticut or the united states even. we're being seen around the world -- >> around the world. >> people are reaching out, people are appreciative of what's going on and we're trying to bring that story and maybe we will learn some lessons. maybe i'm overly optimistic. prevent this kind of disaster down the road. >> i think television can help with the healing process at a moment when we have the nation's attention tranfixed on the town that you're in. wolf? >> howie, all right, stand by. i want everyone to stand by. soledad is going to be with us, we're going to continue our coverage. we're waiting, we're waiting for this news conference to take place. connecticut state police are getting ready to brief us on the latest information that they have from this investigation. we'll have live coverage of that more with howie and soledad, when we come back. [ male announcer ] when ziggy the cat appeared at their door, he opened up jake's very
of decency and goodness and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. >> thank you so much for watching this special edition of "state of the union." i'm candy crowley. be sure to stick with cnn for continuing live coverage and don lemon from newtown and join us at 6:00 p.m. tonight for the interfaith vigil and the president's remarks. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon reporting live from newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a gunman went on a deadly rampage at an elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them young children. throughout the day on cnn we will bring you the details of the victims and the investigation. we should tell you the president is on the way here. it has been a day of mourning in this community with memorial services. people are coming to this community from all over the tri-state area, from all over connecticut, new jersey, and new york all around and paying their respects to people. as i drove here today just a few moments ago in this little idyllic town, the roads were all blocked because there were so many people who w
justice movement in the united states. >> thank you so much, bob king in michigan. >> thank you to josh. coming up, we are going to go back live to newtown, connecticut, for the latest on the school shooting and president obama's visit later today. >>> welcome back. i'm melissa harris-perry. this hour, we have a lot to get to including the housing rebound headlines you have been seeing as well as the renewal for the against women act. first, we want to make sure you have the latest information on newtown. president obama will visit the shaken community today. we go to chris jansing who has been in newtown since the news broke on friday. what is the latest? >> reporter: good morning to you. we are learning more about the shooter who was described by people who knew him well as a loner. we know now, for the first time that he went to sandy hook elementary school, where, of course, he opened fire killing 20 students and six adults. when he walked down the hall, he would grasp his computer, walk along the walls and rarely interacted with anyone. this is a day to remember the victims and pre
. unit responding to sandy hook school at this time. the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> reporter: john berman is also with me in newtown, connecticut. we have our cnn team spread across the city. john, you are at the site of one of several vigils held last night. and this town wakes up this morning to a press conference we are just waiting to begin to get that started where they are going to, we expect, hear the names of those 20 children, six adults. we know two of the adults' names. a principal and the psychologist from the school, but we'll hear a lot more names. and it will send this up to reeling all over again, john. >> reporter: ali, this is the st. rose of lima church behind me where last night there was a vigil. a thousand people were here inside and outside this church to mourn together and grieve together. this town really is going through this as one tight-knit community. i heard bells a short while ago and didn't know why or where they were ringing, but it did give the sense of togetherness that is really permeating inside this community.
there. get that out so that i think everybody in the united states feels that way. >> you're right. as the president last night, newtown is not alone. >> yeah, it's everybody. it's every town. >> when you look at what the market's been doing you did make the right call last time around. like i said, you opened our eyes. we should have probably seen it coming. you were the one kind of laid it out for us. what do you think of what the fed has been doing? >> well, look, i mean the fed they made announcement, habit, what they said in front of me here, listen, you have a pretty good economy right now. you have an economy that has tilt winds instead of headwinds of housing and autos. you have an economy that's probably growing 2% give or take. question is, do you need the fed to do anything more? you know, it's a good question. why did they do this? and, you know, they basically have taken the mandate of full employment, and run with it. everything they're doing is to get this employment rate down or try to get this employment right down. the question you have to ask is what happens when
confidence that he will soon be released from an intensive care unit. he's been treated for a high fever at a houston hospital. >>> with the nation reeling from the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago reaches a deadly milestone despite the toughest laws when it comes to owning firearms. >>> federal investigators arrested a new york city woman, they say she used the school's shooting in newtown as a way to make money. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. stop! stop! stop! come back here! humans -- we are beautifully imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. that's why liberty mutual insurance has your bac
even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in newtown summoned on friday, if cooperation and common-sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer and stronger place for our children to learn and to grow. thank you, and now i'm going to let the vice president go and i'm going to take a few questions. and i will start with ben. >> thank you mr. president. i'd like to ask you about the other serious issue consuming this town right now the fiscal cliff. >> right. >> haven't you pre trade some of the voters who supported you in the election by changing your positions on who should get a tax increase and by including social security benefits now into this mix, and more broadly there seems to be a deepening sense that negotiations aren't going very well right now. can you give us a candid update, are we likely to go over the cliff? >> well, first of all, there is no reason why we should. remember what i said during the campaign, i thought that it was important for us to reduce our deficit in
practicing for the nutcracker because he had to give a speech at newtown. we just -- you just forget unless you've lived it and experienced it. like everybody in your family who's been president of the united states, the rest of us forget sometimes about the humans that are in there. you had to go back to your dad and your mom and after 9/11 and during the wars and everything else. how did they keep everything in perspective? your dad always seemed to keep everything in great perspective. >> that's so true. they're families first. everyone. the obamas and their kids. that's what's most important is spending time with families. and for us, i mean one of the things i like about this special is that it shows real historical perspective from the kennedys through september 11th and actually the tours after september 11th really came to a stop because it was only several months afterwards. so people were still really scared. my mom talks about even her friends who would normally come up for the white house christmas party didn't come because they were still scared to fly. it's hard to remember th
. just earlier this year. this is hard still, right? talk about in the united states congress as a political analyst, how much have things changed, democrats in world districts and some republicans can be moved to do something more dramatic than what was defeated in newtown earlier this year in your very blue state? >> a key question. there were firing ranges used by the lanzas and gun stores in the vicinity. i think the point here is that there is a real opportunity for common ground. both sides have a common stake if the pendulum swings and there is an opportunity now to do something common sensible and reasonable and a 30 round magazine for a combat style weapon & bearing those bullets when which ripped them apart and up to 11 of them in some victims. that has noplace in our society. the president said a state of these shootings. there may be opposition, but whether it's the nra and we don't need to talk about specific organizations, but one of them is based in newtown itself. the organization that i work closely with in trying to establish common ground back in the 1990s a
details about the father of the newtown gunman. the last time the two had any communication. >>> and five years after losing his daughter in the virginia tech tragedy. >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." three state department officials have resigned their posts in the wake of a skating report on the atacks in benghazi that led three americans dead. the report cites systematic failures which resulted in a security plan in the words of the report, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place. despite the criticism, it says that no employee was involved in misconduct and none should be disciplined. arwa damon, you were one of the first reporters to get to the scene of benghazi. you've now gone through this report. did anything jump out at you? did anything really surprise you, based on your own auto r eyewitness reporting from the scene? >> reporter: what the report really did was validate information that we were able to obtain from witnessless at the scene, from the local guards that
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